About Jeff Senour- Called To Serve
Pilot by day, Rocker by night Jeff Senour and band CTS-Called To Serve bring you a rocking sound with powerful lyrics. Ever since it’s inception over 16 years ago, rock band CTS has made a huge impact on many around the country with their edgy rock sound with lyrics that touch the heart. Fueled with a passion for music since childhood, singer/songwriter Jeff Senour formed CTS to inspire people ... read more
Jeff Senour, a true Renaissance man, Pilot by day, Rocker by night was born in Portland, Oregon and raised mostly in Southern California. His Dad was an Electrical Engineer and flew private airplanes for fun. His Mom was a stay at home parent but also a Violinist who as a young girl was in various movies as a young Actress. They both taught Jeff from an early age to believe in yourself and that with hard work you can achieve anything you want in life. Over 15 years ago Jeff formed the rock band CTS- Called To Serve. Fueled with a passion for music since childhood, singer/songwriter Jeff Senour formed CTS to inspire people of all ages to live their dreams and honor our real American Heroes. Ever since it’s inception, Jeff’s mission for the band was to pass along a message of the American dream through music. The band’s dedication to our Military, Police, Firefighters and First Responders has placed their music in numerous festivals, Military events, fundraisers and charities across the nation. Jeff’s vigor for life carries over as well to his aviation career. Starting as a Flight Instructor at Van Nuys Airport in California, Jeff went on to fly famous celebrities in Learjets as well as becoming a Screen Actors Guild movie Pilot and Helicopter News Pilot in Hollywood with credits in “True Lies”, “Executive Decision”, “Silence Of The Lambs”, “Hot Shots” to name a few. In 1993, Jeff hired on as a Pilot for Southwest Airlines and recently retired as a Senior Captain for Southwest. He enjoyed the culture of one of the most iconic Airlines in the world and after millions of miles and thousands of passengers, he always enjoyed inspiring his customers with some fun and inspiration. You could catch Jeff many times actually performing with his custom Taylor guitar, a gift from Gary Kelly CEO for winning the President’s Award and often singing to his passengers before their flight. The musical journey of CTS and Jeff as a Singer/Songwriter has garnered the band numerous awards from album of the year and video of the year with several music organizations, the Founders Award with Military Writer’s Society and the President’s Award with Southwest Airlines. “Can’t Get Off This Train” hit the National Top 100 radio charts in 2008 and has had other radio play along the way as well. “Way Back Home” was placed in a movie called Searching For Home dedicated to our Military. The powerhouse sound of CTS consists of Jeff Senour, Dylan Elliott, Joe McGinnity and Jerry Nuzum all world class musicians on their own, have joined together to create the high octane sound of CTS. The band has performed all over the country in various venues and opened for numerous National Artists. CTS performs in cities around America, it’s one of a CTS - Called To Serve kind show called “Freedom Rock Experience”. The concert is a multi media rock show, placing high school or college orchestras on stage for a high energy performance with up to 250 students rocking the stage with CTS. Honoring the real American Hero from Military, Police, Firefighters and Teachers, the show is designed to inspire our youth of today, to live their dreams. Jeff’s passion for making dreams become realities is evident in his life besides as a musician. His previous Aviation experience involved his skills as a Screen Actors Guild aerial coordinator and film pilot with movie credits such as “True Lies”, “Executive Decision”, “Hot Shots”, “Space Cowboys” and hundreds of Military photo chase missions including the Blue Angels Canadian Snowbirds and USAF Thunderbirds. Jeff flew a specially equipped Learjet with the Nettmann Vectorvision system for 15 years, capturing some of the most stunning aerial photo shots enjoyed by many in movies and Military research and development. Jeff also was a News Helicopter Pilot for Channel 9 KTLA in Los Angeles, California for over 5 years. As a Civilian pilot, Jeff was allowed to fly next to almost every Military jet in the inventory to capture the shots. He also became a helicopter pilot and flew for Channel 9 News in Los Angeles for many years. Jeff says the music of CTS is the melodic story of his life and that we can all achieve great things in life if we try and believe in ourselves. To date Jeff has logged over 27,000 hours in the air and has fueled the inspiration of the music he writes. CTS has performed in the Pentagon, Pearl Harbor, USS Midway and venues across America for many well known organizations such as Medal Of Honor, Hispanic Medal Of Honor Society, Legacy Of Valor, Pentagon, Snowball Express - honoring our widows and children who have lost a loved one in Military Service, Patriot Guard Riders, Operation Homefront, American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation, Defense Intelligence Agency, World Trade Memorial, Families Raising Hope and more. In 2013, CTS was featured at the acclaimed NAMM Music Convention on the main stage with over 100 students from Esperanza and Yorba Linda High Schools. In 2015 Jeff was awarded the President’s Award with Southwest Airlines for his commitment to honoring our Veterans and inspiring our youth through his music. Recently CTS performed on the USS Midway celebrating the birthday of the oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor, Ray Chavez. At 105 years old, Ray enjoyed a full blown rock performance from CTS. Recently, CTS teamed up with Top Fuel Drag racer Doug Herbert, with their release of “Quarter Mile”. Inspired by 7 time land speed record holder
Jerry Nuzum brings so much talent to CTS as a multi faceted musician. Jerry is a music teacher as well. He has a background of being a radio DJ host and song writer.
Joe found himself holding drumsticks in an ensemble on the very first day, before he knew rudiment one. Ensemble play has always been the center of his craft. His extensive experience includes genres such as rock, punk, jazz, gospel, theatre, drum corps, and orchestra. During his educational music years, Joe won many awards for both solo and ensemble performance, demonstrating powerful chops, keen understanding, disciplined execution, deference to the group, calmness under pressure and most of all, love for the audience. Joe has shared the stage with a few professional artists who have profoundly influenced his life. These artists include Granville Cleveland, Jr. (Circle of Soul, The Clan); Don Wallace (Bee Bee and Cee Cee Winans); Bob Kauflin (Sovereign Grace Ministries). Joe’s influences include drummers from Buddy Rich to John Bonham. Neil Pert, Joey Kramer, Ian Paice, Phil Ehart, Barrymore Barlow, and even Ringo Starr also had an impact.